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Metal mover leaves lorries in the lurch

Another derelict rail freight line undergoing restoration will be used to move scrap metal from the Port of Tyne to Aldewarke Steel Mill in Sheffield. Work on reconstructing the 2km long link began in early April this year and the new facility is expected to be up and running by mid June.

The new freight rail line will allow scrap metal importer TJ Thompson to move 48,000t of scrap by rail every year, saving over 2,200 lorry journeys. Rail freight facilities grants will meet 82% of the £985,500 project, while the remainder will be met by the Port of Tyne and TJ Thompson working together in joint venture.

Work on site is being carried out by Trackwork to designs produced by the Port of Tyne's in house engineering team. The new rail line will use existing signalling infrastructure, which was installed as part of the port's intermodal terminal, to join the East Coast Main Line.

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